Celebrating Nightingale 2020 Bicentenary

Florence Nightingale 200 years

International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

The Covid-19 Virus 

We are celebrating this upcoming year – the Bicentenary of Florence Nightingale across the world. Various groups have organized to determine the best to recognize her… within the limits now placed on us.

Our website is dedicated to sharing with you our activities, various opinions and that of others for 2020; and of course information vital to understanding Nightingale and how she influenced nursing is highlighted.

As front-line nurses and health professionals we have faced many challenges and adversities including staff shortages, violence/bullying, uncertain work and safety conditions, and wage imbalances. 

But it seems this current pandemic has engulfed us, as it is out of our control and still spiraling. We salute those of you who are bravely working in health care presently and at great personal risk. Be vigilant and be kind in your delivery of care – together this virus will be defeated. 

“Every nurse ought to be careful to wash her hands very frequently during the day.
…Florence Nightingale
(Nightingale was a strong advocate for infection control)

We were deeply saddened to learn on May 12 of the death of Brian Beattie, an RN and member of the Ontario Nurses Association  who had died that day of COVID-19. Tragically on  the day we were celebrating the birth 200 years ago of  the founder of our profession Florence Nightingale, we also had to mourn the loss of this caring and skilled registered nurse.

To quote from the statement  from Vicki  McKenna, President of ONA:

“Brian was a well liked and respected registered nurse. He was the definition of dedication, and he considered his colleagues and residents where he worked as his ‘other family’. He loved the work he did and he also advocated for his colleagues to have the needed personal protective equipment to keep both them and the residents safe.”

 No Nurse in Ontario should die because they chose nursing as a  profession.  Brian worked at Kensington Villa, a long term care home in London Ontario. We mourn your loss Brian.

Nightingale  2020.

The Defiance of Florence Nightingale SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE | MARCH 2020

By Joshua Hammer | Photographs by Tina Hillier (Passed Away Oct. 2019)

Scholars are finding there’s much more to the “lady with the lamp” than her famous exploits as a nurse in the Crimean War.

She’s the “avenging angel,” the “ministering angel,” the “lady with the lamp”—the brave woman whose name would become synonymous with selflessness and compassion. Yet as Britain prepares to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday on May 12—with a wreath-laying at Waterloo Place, a special version of the annual Procession of the Lamp at Westminster Abbey, a two-day conference on nursing and global health sponsored by the Florence Nightingale Foundation, and tours of her summer home in Derbyshire—scholars are debating her reputation and accomplishments.

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Who Is Florence Nightingale

  • Activist and pioneer in Nursing
  • Born in 1820 in Florence, Italy
  • Established the first nursing school worldwide in London, England
  • A mentor and role model in Nursing
  • Author,  systems thinker and pioneer public health reformer

Read more…


The Nightingale 2020 Team

Anne Clark RN

Retired Nurse and former ONA Board member

Nightingale Authority


Carolyn Edgar RN

Retired Nurse

Student in labour Studies -McMaster University


Cristina Buco RN

Frontline Nurse at PMH

Return to Work at
local 097


Eleanor Adarna RN

TGH Site Rep

Local 97 Executive Secretary Health and Safety Lead Rep


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Definitions On Health

Definitions assist us to reflect and understand our nursing practices and ourselves. Take a look and submit your own definition on Health.  What does it mean to you?

1. World Health Organization (WHO)
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

2. Nightingale
Health is not only to be well, but to be able to use well every power we have.

3. Carolyn
Health is a recognition of health limits and an ability to seek treatment with compliance towards a balance physically and mentally towards optimal function. 

What Nursing Means To Me

1. “What does nursing mean to me is the ability to connect with another human being on a level that not much professionals have the opportunity to ability to help someone else in their day-to-day struggles with disease, survival, and if necessary, end of life support for them and their families. It’s a feeling like no other that you’ve accomplished for the end of the day.”

By Ingrid Garrick, RN Princess Margaret Hospital

 2. “Celebrating Florence Nightingale during Corona Virus Pandemic: Florence Nightingale’s legacy is especially relevant during this global crisis. Her leadership in caring for wounded soldiers using a scientific approach helped in their recovery. Her compassion for the downtrodden across national boundaries with her work among India’s most vulnerable and  protected many against starvation, and she demonstrated  compassion and the irrelevance of class lines or social status when she advocated for the rights of prostitutes. What is needed to get us through this crisis: science, compassion, and leadership; the very values and lessons of Florence Nightingale. Happy Nurses Week to all Nurses!”

By Sophia Lilly, RN North York General

3. “To me nursing is about teamwork, support and community. For the past month I have been working on a COVID positive floor. With the support created from our unit, we have been able to come and help the most vulnerable. I am honored  to be a nurse during this pandemic and be able to offer comfort and care to many.”

Lisa Romano, RN University Health Network

4. “Being a nurse means being there for a total strangers night and day. Nurses are advocates, leaders, professionals and collaborators. Nursing is selflessness. We put the patient our priority first. The patient must be able to trust us. We must take care of our patient with love, compassion, respect, dignity as if it is were our family member.”

Christina Buco, RN Princess Margaret Hospital


Please send us your thoughts on nursing!

For More Information Contact:

Anne Clark RN

Carolyn Edgar RN

Cristina Buco RN

Eleanor Adarna RN